Mobile App Usage Among Dermatology Residents in America

Cynthia X. Chan, MD Daniel M. Siegel, MD, MS Orit Markowitz, MD

Disclosures

Cutis. 2021;108(2):102-105. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Mobile applications (apps) have been a growing part of medicine for the last decade. Our cross-sectional online survey studied the role of apps in dermatology resident training. The demographic results and response rate suggest that our study sample is representative of the target population of dermatology residents in America. Our survey highlights the increasing role of apps in dermatology resident training, differences in priorities among different years of residency, and differences in information utilization between sexes. This knowledge should help guide standardization, quality assurance, and formal integration of medical mobile apps into traditional dermatology teaching.

Introduction

Mobile applications (apps) have been a growing part of medicine for the last decade. In 2020, more than 15.5 million apps were available for download,[1] and more than 325,000 apps were health related.[2] Much of the peer-reviewed literature on health-related apps has focused on apps that target patients. Therefore, we studied apps for health care providers, specifically dermatology residents of different sexes throughout residency. We investigated the role of apps in their training, including how often residents consult apps, which apps they utilize, and why.

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